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SPE - Digitization at the Service of Predictive Maintenance

2-6 %

Increase in the rate of availability

10-40 %

Reduction in the number of major incidents

$ 9.2 Million

Avoided costs in 1H2020

Introduction

Company

SPE (La Société Algérienne de Production de l’Electricité)

Industry

Power Generation

Products

APM Health, APM Reliability

Product Categories

Asset Performance Management (APM), Operations Performance Management (OPM) for Power Generation

Digital Innovator Award Winner

SPE is a 2020 Digital Innovator Award winner.

 

SPE serves more than 10 million customers in Algeria. Their investments in remote monitoring and commitment to digital transformation have led to best-in-class maintenance cost management.  

Background

SPE (La Société Algérienne de Production de l’Electricité) is Algeria’s national power generation company with an installed base of 15 GW (22 GW in 2022). It is a fully-owned subsidiary of Sonelgaz, a state-owned utility in charge of electricity and natural gas distribution in Algeria.

 

 

In 2020, SPE had to ensure the continuation of electricity for the city of Algiers, while shifting its operations remotely.

 

Enter Mohamed Charif, Monitoring and Diagnostics Analyst, SPE.  Using only a laptop, Charif can access data from 10,000 sensors across three power plants. By applying predictive analytics to this data, Mohamed Charif can understand potential maintenance issues, and schedule repairs. 

 

Once a maintenance alert is created, Mohamed Sebar, Services Leader Sonelgaz SPE and his team go to work. Using predictive data alerts from the APM system, Sebar is able to fix critical power generation equipment, before it breaks down. 

 

With the efforts of industrial superheroes like Mohamed Charif and Mohamed Sebar, SPE is able to maintain adequate power supply to the country.

 

Summary

Currently, GE Digital monitors three of SPE’s power plants from a Monitoring and Diagnostics (M&D) center in the capital city of Algiers, using Asset Performance Management (APM) and Operations Performance Management (OPM) software.

 

This digital infrastructure uses Digital Twin technology to observe reactions to potential changes in operations and helps SPE ensure the continuation of electricity supply. By the end of 2022, a total of 12 sites will be connected to the M&D center. Mr. Lezhari, CEO of SPE, talked about SPE’s digitization journey and the role of predictive maintenance in reducing operating costs and improving performance.

 

Presentation by Sabri Lezhari, CEO, SPE

Watch Sabri Lezhari, CEO of SPE, as he walks through the company's digitization journey.  This presentation is in French with English subtitles.

About the speaker:

Mr. Sabri Lezhari has been the CEO and Chairman of SPE since 2016. With almost 25 years of experience, Mr. Lezhari joined the Sonelgaz group on November 7th, 1994 after graduating as a State Engineer in electrical engineering with an electrical network option. Mr. Lezhari began his career as a Design Engineer and then Shift Engineer within XP/Jijel steam power plant until 1999. He then continued his career as a Commissioning Engineer in charge of the electrical scope within XP/GT production group of  Hassi Messaoud West power plant. In 2001, Mr. Lezhari became Project Manager for the central construction project of Hamma, then Head of GT Hamma-Boufarik and Bab Ezzouar production subgroup. In 2002, Mr. Lezhari was appointed Director of the GT Center Production Group under the SPE production directorate and then General Manager of the ST-GT Center production center under SPE in 2006.

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